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The Pirates of Penzance

From 14 member  reviews
Members say: Delightful, Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great staging

About the show

Swimming pools, twinkly lights, a well-stocked Tiki Bar and beach balls welcome the audience to The Hypocrites' raucous and utterly zany beach-party adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic operetta. More…

The entire audience joins the cast on the stage-beach, immersed in the action alongside sappy pirates, dewy-eyed damsels, bumbling bobbies and one very stuffy Major General. It is a spunky model of a (post)modern major musical.


Member Reviews (14)

MEMBERS SAY:

Delightful, Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great staging
83
Avg Score

70
Campy, Frantic, Well sung, Less-would-be-more, Don't change melodies!

See it if you'd like a broad, shticky POP. Mostly good voices. High energy. NOT classic G&S; signif'ly reimagined. Lyrics hard to hear. Lines changed.

Don't see it if you love Sullivan's music. It's mostly played on string instruments. And melodies are CHANGED. This is heresy. Why mess w wonderful music?

Also This POP grew on me. For quite awhile I was upset that they changed th... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if Innovative and fun. About 1/4 of the audience sits on stage. The actors improvise extra silliness on top of an already silly show.

Don't see it if You don't like farce. You don't want liberties taken with the original script and music. Immersive/improvised elements are not your thing.

79
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a very different production of Pirates of Penzance. You will be on stage and close to the action. Very funny and unusual.

Don't see it if you don't like Gilbert and Sullivan or only a traditional interpretation.

Also You need to climb down many stairs to get to the stage so if you have ... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Entertaining, Engaging, Great singing/musicianship, Delightful

See it if You enjoy creative reimagining of classic theater. This is immersive & silly fun w very charning & talented performers.

Don't see it if Are G&S purist, hate engaging w actors, or a particularly frenetic and musically altered POP. Must b willing to enjoy yourself.

Also If you have not paid for a chair on the stage, you will be sitting on ... Read more Read less

77
Stripped-down operetta taken to a new level of frolic

See it if an 80 minute romp on a beach with shortened G&S songs played with guitars and banjos. Streamlined plot played by versatile comic actors

Don't see it if you are a G&S purist. But it's a lot of fun. The lighting and sound design are clever, but I could not clearly make out the "Major-General"

Also Get there early -- they sing Beatles and other pop songs on the stage ... Read more Read less

79
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Fun, Clever

See it if you want to have a fun night listening to very good singers and musicians who themselves are having fun on stage.

Don't see it if you only are interested in the original score and costuming

Also I had a smile on my face the whole time. The singing was great. I espe... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Hilarious, Clever, Fluffy, Not your father's pop

See it if This was certainly different. When you see through the antics, the sight gages and people constantly moving around, it actually was a

Don't see it if fairly traditional rendition. If you can wrap your head around the concept of the spirit of G&S, you will enjoy it. it is a great

Also introduction for kids. Don't see it if you are a G&S purist. One glari... Read more Read less

90
Great singing, Great staging, Monumental, Funny

See it if you like pirates.

Don't see it if you don't like long plays.

Also The dancing was beautiful. I saw it with Kevin Kline and Linda Rondsta... Read more Read less

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great fun

See it if You are a fan of Gilbert & Sullivan and want to see a zany, fun version.This is best enjoyed by those who already know the operetta.

Don't see it if You don't like G&S or have never seen a 'classic' version of Pirates. Warning: NOT for the purists!

95
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if you want to see a Broadway musical comedy that doesn't get to Broadway

Don't see it if you don't like Gilbert and Sullivan

Also The show is now closed.... Read more Read less

77
Immersive, Goofy, Broad

See it if you're looking for Gilbert and Sullivan "light" and are not a purist. You're interested in seeing a fun, silly, grab-bag of a production.

Don't see it if You're looking for a strong production that makes the most of this classic operetta

Also As a big G&S fan, I had high hopes for this show: an immersive, tiki-t... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great writing, Funny

See it if you like Gilbert & Sullivan and wish there were more companies performing them. Two hours of clever silliness is much appreciated these days

Don't see it if you're not a fan of brilliant silliness and contrived plots or if under-powered singing will ruin it for you.

Also Oh joy, oh rapture, I've long loved the New York Gilbert and Sullivan ... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You like immersive theatre and Gilbert and Sullivan.

Don't see it if You like traditional theatre.

92
Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you want a fun time, you like Gilbert and Sullivan and like corny humor and great singing.

Don't see it if you're looking for something deep and dark.


December 1st, 2017
“This ‘Pirates’ turns out to be the most charmingly relaxed production of a Gilbert and Sullivan work that I’ve come across...An antic exuberance is built into the form and content of Gilbert and Sullivan shows. And the ensemble here, which doubles as its own band, channels that spirit with an in...
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December 4th, 2017
"This performance is exhilarating...The adaptation hits all of the major plot points and musical moments while seamlessly infusing witty pop culture references. Director Sean Graney has adapted and staged the piece with abandon...The actors are a tight musical and vocal ensemble with effusive ene...
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November 28th, 2011
for a previous production "It's hard not to have big-time fun at this carnival of a 'Pirates,' which lands in one of rare but sweet spots where a fairly outlandish off-Loop conceit meshes deliciously with the original material...The show is cast with exuberant young actors and musicians whose singing ranges from passable ...
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October 9th, 2017
for a previous production "A frothy atmospheric production complete with beach balls, picnic tables, and plastic wading pools. The atmosphere is true to the playful spirit of the original show, while adding some lovingly ridiculous elements of the group's own devising...The real fun here comes from the spirited and arch d...
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